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Texas Rangers Call Up Minor League Coach with Parkinsons So He Can Have Health Insurance

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A heartwarming story. But why don’t minor league coaches have insurance?

What Every School District Needs…

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Via NPR:  San Diego School District’s New 18-Ton Armored Vehicle Creates Stir The six-wheel Caiman MRAP has an official value of around $733,000. But the San Diego school district paid only about $5,000 to transport it, according to inewsorce.org, a website that partners with NPR member station KPBS.” Even if one takes at face value […]

Chinese Airlines Rebrand ‘First Class’ as ‘Business Class’

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A scandal erupted when the Chinese people learned their leaders were flying first class and staying in five-star hotels. Problem solved!

Egyptian Stamp Honoring Suez Canal Depicts Panama Canal

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A new Egyptian stamp meant to mark an effort by the government to build an expansion to the Suez Canal contains an embarrassing error: When the Egyptian government proudly announced plans to build a new Suez Canal last month, officials were so puffed up with pride that they took the time-honoured step of commissioning a […]

Comparative Smog

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Via the LAT,  Beijing’s smog makes Los Angeles air look good: In the American Lung Assn.’s 2014 national State of the Air survey, the L.A.-Long Beach area ranked worst in terms of ozone concentrations and third worst in terms of particulates as measured by the standard known as PM2.5, which captures particles so small they […]

Initiative To Break California Into Six States Fails To Make Ballot

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A ballot initiative that would have put the question of splitting California up into six separate states has failed to qualify for the ballot: A proposed ballot measure to carve California into six states failed to qualify for the November 2016 ballot Friday after election officials determined that backers did not collect enough valid signatures. […]

Mark Sanford Surfaces Again

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South Carolina Congressman Mark Sanford, who ended his time as Governor of that state amid controversy after disappearing for days without explanation to visit a mistress in Argentina and then made a seemingly unlikely comeback last year by being elected to his old Congressional seat, is back in the news: Representative Mark Sanford, whose extramarital […]

We Won’t Have Rob Ford To Kick Around Anymore

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Embattled Toronto Mayor Rob Ford, who has made news on both sides of the U.S.-Canadian border, has dropped out of the race for Mayor: In a stunning last-minute reversal, Toronto Mayor Rob Ford has withdrawn from the mayoral race, with brother Doug Ford registering instead to run in his place. Doug Ford officially signed his […]

Is the US Pulling Back from the World?

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Clearly not, as Steve Saideman rightly notes: Yes, the US is leaving Afghanistan, but will have a residual force if the Afghans get resolve their election dispute.  Yes, the US has reduced its presence in Europe, closing some bases and bringing tanks back home. So, is that heaps of disengagement?  Or is this mostly a […]

The ongoing Damage to the Venezuelan Economy

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Via the BBC:  Venezuela’s annual inflation rises to 63.4% Venezuela’s annual inflation rate has risen to 63.4%, the highest in Latin America, according to official figures published on Tuesday. The figures are the first released by the central bank since May, which has led critics to accuse the government of withholding data for political reasons. […]

Kansas Democrat Files Lawsuit To Get Off Ballot

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Kansas Democratic Senate nominee Chad Taylor really doesn’t want to be on the ballot in November: Chad Taylor, the Democrat attempting to drop out of the Kansas Senate race, filed a petition with the state Supreme Court on Tuesday to remove his name from the ballot and block state officials from printing ballots with his […]

Former White House Press Secretary Jay Carney Now Working For CNN

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Former White House Press Secretary Jay Carney will premier as an analyst for CNN during tonight’s speech by his former boss: Former White House Press Secretary Jay Carney will join CNN as a political commentator, the network announced Wednesday. He will start Wednesday night as President Barack Obama makes a prime-time statement about the Islamic […]

Republican Senate Candidate Backs Same-Sex Marriage In New Ad

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Monica Wehby, the Republican nominee for Senate in Oregon, comes out in favor of same-sex marriage in a new ad: A Republican Senate candidate in Oregon will unveil a television commercial Tuesday that highlights her support for gay marriage — a reflection of the rapidly shifting politics of the issue. Monica Wehby, a pediatric neurosurgeon, […]

First Poll Shows Pat Roberts Trailing Independent Candidate In Kansas

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Less than a week after Democratic nominee Chad Taylor announced his withdrawal from the race for Pat Roberts’s Senate seat, the first new poll of the race shows the veteran Republican Senator trailing Independent candidate Greg Orman: After a monumental shake-up last week in which the Democratic nominee attempted to drop out of the Kansas Senate […]

Baltimore Ravens Cut Ray Rice

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Less than a day after the release of a new surveillance video showing the full extent of the physical assault he inflicted on his then girlfriend in an Atlantic City hotel elevator, Ray Rice has been cut by the Baltimore Ravens: The Baltimore Ravens terminated running back Ray Rice’s contract Monday after a graphic video […]

Army Can’t Track Spending On Program That’s Supposed To Help It Track Spending

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In a tale that seems it’s right out of Catch-22, the Army apparently cannot track spending on a project that is designed to help it track spending: More than $725 million was spent by the Army on a high-tech network for tracking supplies and expenses that failed to comply with federal financial reporting rules meant […]

Joan Rivers Dies At 81

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Joan Rivers, who became a pioneer for women in comedy and remained popular and active literally up until the end, has died at the age of 81, one week after being admitted to a New York hospital after going into cardiac arrest during an apparently routine outpatient medical procedure: Joan Rivers, the raspy loudmouth who […]

D.C. Circuit Grants En Banc Review In Obamacare Funding Case

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Back in July, a three judge panel of the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the tax subsidies provided by the Affordable Care Act could only be applied to policies purchased under exchanges established by an individual state, not to policies purchased via the exchange set up by the Federal Government for the 30-odd […]

Mexican State Approves Same-Sex Marriage

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Via the BBC:  Mexican state of Coahuila approves same-sex marriage The northern state of Coahuila has become the second region in Mexico to officially allow same-sex marriage. Coahuila’s congress approved changes to the civil code which give same-sex couples the same rights as heterosexual couples, including adoption. In Mexico, laws on same-sex unions fall under […]

Today in Broken Irony Detectors

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"I’m not giving up on them, but I’m just saying either convert them or kill them. One or the other."—Phil Robertson of Duck Dynasty on ISIS.

Russian Bank Hires Two Former Senators To Fight Sanctions

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In perhaps one of the more audacious displays of the arrogance of former elected officials who turn around and use their influence to make big money after they retire, two former members of the Senate are now working for a Russian bank that was hit with sanctions earlier this year: Gazprombank GPB (OJSC), a Russian […]

Maryland Teacher Arrested For Writing Story About A Shooting 900 Years In The Future

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A teacher in Maryland finds himself suspended and the subject of  a police investigation because of a science fiction story he wrote that includes a shooting at a school in the 31st Century: He’s a man with many names, and the books he has written have raised the concerns of the Dorchester County Board of […]

Mitch McConnell Leading In Kentucky

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Outside of the seats that Democrats are attempting to defend from a Republican takeover bid that continues to look like it will happen, the one Senate race that is likely to get the most attention over the next nine weeks is the race between Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and Kentucky Secretary of State Alison […]

Eric Cantor Lands A Job On Wall Street

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Not surprisingly, the former House Majority Leader, who resigned from Congress last month, has landed on his feet: Former House Majority Leader Eric Cantor is joining the Wall Street firm Moelis & Co., the firm announced on Tuesday. “Eric has proven himself to be a pro-business advocate and one who will enhance our boardroom discussions […]

Denmark’s Bestiality Brothels?!

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Bestiality and prostitution are legal in Denmark. And not just separately.

Rob Ford Could Be Re-Elected

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Notwithstanding a plethora of political and personal problems, Toronto Mayor Rob Ford could end up being re-elected: Today in the politics-we-just-don’t-get-you-sometimes department, we have the latest polling from the Toronto mayoral race, which will take place in October. Mayor Rob Ford, who has faced calls for resignation and low approval ratings after admitting to an […]

Being Jerry Jones

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While Doug Mataconis will love this interview, James Joyner and I need a stiff drink or two after reading (however, I cannot afford the Johnny Walker Blue):  Jerry Football The facts: Since the start of the 1997 season, the Cowboys have established themselves as the NFL’s masters of mediocrity, with a record of 136-136 and […]

A Quote to Ponder

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“I think that, first of all, the United States should remember that we have spent the last 15 years trying to use military power, including military assistance, to try and organize the politics of this region. And we have failed miserably. We have got a failed state in Iraq. We have a failed state in […]

For Want of a Strongman

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Via MediaMatters:  Fox Host Requests Putin Be US President For 48 Hours To Deal With Islamic State. Kimberly Guilfoyle: "Can I just make a special request in the magic lamp? Can we get like Netanyahu, or like Putin in for 48 hours, you know, head of the United States?" (video at both links). Yes, this […]

Phil Hartman’s Audition For Saturday Night Live

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Thanks to the wonders of Facebook and the Intertubes, this evening I discovered the audition tape that the late, great Phil Hartman did for Saturday Night Live: Along with Robin Williams, this was another great comedic genius silenced far too soon. And while others will disagree, this will always be my favorite Phil Hartman SNL […]

9 Year Old Kills Gun Instructor Showing Her How To Fire An Uzi

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A weapons instructor in Arizona is dead after being shot by an Uzi that he was teaching a nine year old girl how to use: The authorities in Arizona on Wednesday were investigating what went wrong after a 9-year-old girl firing an Uzi submachine gun at a shooting range accidentally killed the instructor who had […]

Incoming Public School Children Now Majority Non-White

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School has already started for some parts of the country, and children in the rest of the country will be back to school within the next week or so. When they are all there, it will be the first time in history that the majority of America’s school population is non-white: White pupils in state […]

Well, Everybody Makes Mistakes…

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Via the BBC:  Captured Russian troops ‘in Ukraine by accident’

Billy Crystal Honors Robin Williams At The Emmys

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Hollywood’s first real public remembrance of Robin Williams to date came tonight at the Emmy Awards when his Comedy Relief compatriot and friend Billy Crystal brought the house down:

British Embassy Marks Anniversary Of Burning Of White House, With a Cake

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Yesterday marked the 200th anniversary of the burning of the White House by British forces during the War On 1812 so, of course, the British Embassy decided to bake a cake: Commemorating 200 years of peace between the US & UK pic.twitter.com/5fEKRKxBFU — British Embassy (@UKinUSA) August 24, 2014 Commemorating the 200th anniversary of burning […]

Russia’s Sanctions Against The West Are Hurting Russians More Than The West

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Russia’s retaliatory sanctions against the West are  is having an impact on the average Russian’s food budget: Russia’s embargo on imported Western food is hitting its own people, as food prices in Moscow shops have jumped by up to 6% in just a week. Moscow officials say frozen fish prices in the capital’s major supermarkets have […]

Supreme Court Stays Ruling Allowing Same-Sex Marriage In Virginia

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Not unexpectedly, the Supreme Court has granted a request to stay the ruling of the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals that would have allowed same-sex couples in Virginia to get married legally: WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Wednesday issued an order that will stop same-sex couples in Virginia from being able to marry starting […]

Establishment Backed Candidate Wins Alaska GOP Senate Primary

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The last of the real battles of the 2014 primary Senate ended last night in Alaska with former State Attorney General Dan Sullivan beating Tea Party backed candidate, and 2010 Senate nominee, Joe Miller and Lt. Governor Mead Treadwell in what had been a tight three way race for much of the summer: FAIRBANKS, Alaska […]

Reporter James Foley Beheaded in ISIS Video

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American journalist James Foley has been beheaded by the terrorist network calling itself the Islamic State.

James Jeffords, Former Vermont Senator, Dies At 80

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James Jeffords, who represented Vermont as a Congressman and Senator for a combined total of more than 30 years but became famous,  or infamous depending on your point of view, when he left the GOP to caucus with Democrats as an Independent, has died at the age of 80: MONTPELIER, Vt. — Former Vermont U.S. […]

Ebola Death Toll In West Africa Hits 1,200

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The Ebola epidemic in western Africa continues to spread: LONDON — As West African nations grapple with the worst-ever outbreak of the Ebola virus, the World Health Organization said on Tuesday that the death toll had exceeded 1,200 and announced increased efforts to forestall hunger in areas isolated by quarantine measures. The figure offered a […]

Watch your Mouth in North Augusta, SC

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Via WSPA:  SC mom arrested for using ‘F-word’ in grocery store in front of her kids Wolf, age 22, moved to South Carolina with her family 3 weeks ago but a night at a grocery store has her wanting to move back to Ohio. "He was like, ‘You’re under arrest’…right in front of kids, in […]

Fighting over Mosul Dam

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Via the BBC:  Iraq crisis: Military claims control of Mosul dam Iraqi military spokesman Lt-Gen Qassim Atta told state TV the dam – Iraq’s largest – had been "fully cleansed". Troops had been backed by a joint air patrol, he added, without specifying if there had been any US air strikes. However, journalists in the […]

Camo Covered Cops

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Mark Steyn, commenting on images of camo-wearing police in Ferguson: A soldier wears green camo in Vietnam to blend in. A policeman wears green camo in Ferguson to stand out – to let you guys know: We’re here, we’re severe, get used to it. [...] So, when the police are dressed like combat troops, it’s […]

A Disturbing Map (Militarization of the Police Edition)

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Via the  NYT:  Mapping the Spread of the Military’s Surplus Gear.

A Timely Thought On The Militarization Of Police Forces

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“There’s a reason you separate military and the police. One fights the enemies of the state. The other serves and protects the people. When the military becomes both, then the enemies of the state tend to become the people.”   – Cmdr. William Adama, Battlestar Galactica “Water” Season One, Episode 2

Nouri Al-Maliki Agrees To Step Aside

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Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has apparently agreed to abandon his bid to stay in power: BAGHDAD — Prime Minister Nuri Kamal al-Maliki on Thursday night said he agreed to relinquish power, state television reported, a move that came after days of crisis in which Mr. Maliki’s deployment of extra security forces around the capital […]

Chuck Todd To Replace David Gregory On Meet The Press

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After months of declining ratings and rumors that David Gregory’s tenure as host of Meet The Press would be coming to an end, CNN is reporting that NBC will soon announce that Chief White House Correspondent Chuck Todd will be replacing Gregory as host: NBC will name Chuck Todd the new host of “Meet the Press” as […]

Fourth Circuit Refuses To Stay Ruling Against Virginia’s Same-Sex Marriage Ban

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The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals has refused to stay the effect of its ruling striking down Virginia’s state Constitutional Amendment banning same-sex marriage: A federal appeals court panel refused to stay its decision striking Virginia’s ban on same-sex marriage Wednesday, which means the unions could start next week absent further judicial action. Opponents of the law […]

Germany Ready To Take A Harder Line Toward Russia Over Ukraine?

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The New York Times’ Alison Smale notes that the Ukraine crisis seems to be finally causing the Germans to reconsider their country’s relationship with Russia: BERLIN — Over recent months, something significant has happened in Europe: In the crisis over Ukraine, Germany has assumed leadership not just in its familiar fashion of trying to coax Russia […]

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